Ellen Saunders

I studied Modern History at Oxford University and thereafter completed the law conversion course (CPE) and Bar School. I was called to the bar in October 2000, completed pupillage at 1 Hare Court (then known as 1 Mitre Court) and joined 1 Garden Court Family Law chambers in 2001 where I maintained a very busy practice for 10 years. I travelled to courts around the country and frequently appeared in the High Court and Principal Registry of the Family Division.

Having relocated to Dorset in order to raise my young family, I joined Porter Dodson as an in house barrister in 2011. I primarily represented clients in local courts, in both public and private family law matters.

Having only ever worked in the area of family law, I have amassed extensive experience in this field, representing clients from all walks of life in cases at every level of complexity. My practice in one of London’s leading sets of family law barristers gave me the privilege of learning from some of the most eminent QCs and junior counsel in this field. My experience has taught me to consider family law cases as the stepping stones towards the future for my clients. Therefore I seek to obtain an outcome without exacerbating the tensions within the family if at all possible.

I was born and raised in the West Country, therefore I am very familiar the opportunities and challenges which arise from dealing with private family disputes in close knit rural communities and the level of resources available locally. Nonetheless my experience and expertise means I regularly appear in Court against barristers who have travelled from London or Bristol and do not have the benefit of the local knowledge I am able to draw on. However, when dealing with opponents from the locality, I am equally able to build useful working relationships to the advantage of my clients.

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